The Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria has tendered an apology to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, for walking out on a meeting held last week.
In a letter dated April 26, 2021, and signed by JUSUN General Secretary, I. Adetola, the Union apologized for walking out of the meeting after waiting for Ngige for about two hours.
It, however, sought for Ngige’s continued efforts at resolving tendered issues which led to its strike action.
The letter read, “Sir, information has reached our union that the Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment has expressed dissatisfaction in the way JUSUN members left your conference room on Tuesday, 20th April, 2021.
“JUSUN wishes to put it on record that many of our members at the conciliation meeting are Muslims and were fasting on the day in question. Having stayed for about two hours without any communication from any quarter of the Ministry, JUSUN members agitating and complaining that they needed to go and break their fast, we had to leave.
“All other things put aside, JUSUN commends and appreciates the role of the Ministry of Labour in ensuring peaceful relations at work place, in the case of JUSUN by trying to ensure good environment for justice to all Nigerians.
“Therefore, JUSUN appreciates the Honourable Minister and the stakeholders for their commitment towards the resolution of the points in dispute with the judiciary workers for Nigeria to move forward.
“Therefore, we sincerely urge the Honourable Minister to continue with the conciliation meetings, which you have commenced. We are all concerned about the good of Nigeria and all annoyance should not be carried too far and be allowed to derail us.
“As a result, JUSUN hereby tenders her unreserved apology to you and wherever you are hurt.”
A new meeting date will be communicated.